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Crisis in Six Scenes, Amazon Prime

Jasper Rees

At the age of 80 Woody Allen has made his first television series. It’s for Amazon, which would suggest he knows how to move with the times. That would be a false impression...

Classical CDs Weekly: Berlioz, Maxwell Davies, Rameau, Zimmermann

Graham Rickson

Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique, Rameau: Suite de Hippolyte et Aricie Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra/Daniel Harding (Harmonia Mundi)This is my new favourite Symphonie Fantastique...

CD: Slaves – Take Control

Guy Oddy

Slaves’ 2015 debut album, Are You Satisfied? was a breath of fresh air in a music industry which seemingly had very little to say about the state of the country, as it kicked back...

Hip Hop World News, BBC Four

Joe Muggs

Oh BBC Four, we do love you, but this was never going to work, was it? We watch your pop music documentaries, because – let's face it – nobody else is making any, but so often...

Floyd Collins, Wilton's Music Hall

Edward Seckerson

It's one of those true stories you couldn't make up: in 1920s Kentucky, Floyd Collins, visionary cave explorer, happens across the spectacular sand cave of his dreams only to...

Stravinsky: Myths and Rituals 5, Philharmonia, Salonen, RFH

Helen Wallace

The Symphony of Psalms, which ended the Philharmonia’s Stravinsky series last night, is an indelible masterpiece, silencing the tired but persistent accusation that Stravinsky’s...

The Fall, Series 3, BBC Two

Adam Sweeting

The cliffhanger ending of series two – will serial killer Paul Spector survive his gunshot wounds? – has been quietly...

The First Monday in May

Markie Robson-Scott

“I’m so tired of hearing that McQueen is the best show we’ve ever done. It’s become a bit of an albatross,” complains Andrew...

Kiss Me, Kate, Welsh National Opera

Stephen Walsh

There are two ways of reacting to an opera company like WNO staging a musical like Kiss Me, Kate. You can ask yourself...

Under the Shadow

Nick Hasted

We haven’t been here before. Tehran in 1980, bombed by its Iraqi invaders and jumpy with revolutionary fervour, is a place...

DVD/Blu-ray: Love & Friendship

Jasper Rees

“For a husband to stray he is merely responding to his biology. But for a woman to behave in a similar way is ridiculous,...

David Shrigley: Really Good, Fourth Plinth

Alison Cole

It was inevitable that David Shrigley's breezy new sculpture for Trafalgar Square – part of the popular Fourth Plinth...

La Fille mal gardée, Royal Ballet

Hanna Weibye

In a world of terrifyingly serious news, the opening of the Royal Ballet season with Frederick Ashton's pastoral frolic La...

Turner Prize 2016, Tate Britain

Florence Hallett

While the Turner Prize shortlist can reasonably be expected to provide some sense of British art now, the extent to which...

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

Saskia Baron

Tim Burton’s fans always want him to hit the sweet spot again, to give them another Beetlejuice or Edward Scissorhands. Miss...

10 Questions for Conductor Thomas Dausgaard

David Kettle

One of two Danish Thomases at the head of BBC bands (compatriot Thomas Søndergård is at the helm of the BBC National...

CD: Bon Iver - 22, A Million

Bernadette McNulty

Justin Vernon hasn’t put an album out under the name Bon Iver for five years but you wouldn’t necessarily have noticed....

The Libertine, Haymarket Theatre

Aleks Sierz

Restoration theatre has the reputation of being a rake’s paradise – all those randy young aristos in hot pursuit of buxom...

Ana Moura, Barbican

Markie Robson-Scott

“If someone asked me what fado is,” says Ana Moura, in her introduction to “Lilac Wine”, “I would tell them that it means...

Damned, Channel 4/ Morgana Robinson's The Agency, BBC Two

Veronica Lee

Damned (★★★) is the third comedy drama in what could be termed Jo Brand's social/healthcare triptych (after Getting On, set...

Beethoven Ninth, RLPO, Petrenko, Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool

Glyn Môn Hughes

The new season at the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic is focusing on revolutionaries. Bach, Beethoven and Berlioz all feature...

Free State of Jones

Adam Sweeting

Given the fractious state of American politics, perhaps it's a suitable moment for a movie taking a look back at the...

CD: Craig David - Following My Intuition

Thomas H Green

Craig David’s comeback has been astonishing. Partly this is due to the reason his career stalled in the first place....

Helaine Blumenfeld: 'Beauty has become synonymous with something banal'

Rachel Halliburton

Helaine Blumenfeld was living in Paris in the 1960s when she received an invitation from the Russian-born sculptor Ossip...

 

MISS PEREGRINE'S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN Tim Burton does the time warp again in a wordy but stylish gothic fantasy

TURNER PRIZE 2016, TATE BRITAIN Poetic and utterly baffling, this year's shortlist is as eccentric as it is divergent

THE LIBERTINE, HAYMARKET THEATRE 'History Boy' Dominic Cooper triumphs as the Restoration rake Rochester

ANA MOURA, BARBICAN The glamorous fado star shines bright with songs from her new, upbeat album

DAMNED, CHANNEL 4 / MORGANA ROBINSON'S THE AGENCY, BBC TWO Social comedy and sketch impressions

LA FILLE MAL GARDÉE, ROYAL BALLET Young love in yellow tights

disc of the day

CD: Slaves – Take Control

Kent punk duo return to let rip at The Man

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tv

Crisis in Six Scenes, Amazon Prime

Woody Allen knocks all the old tunes starring in his first ever TV series

Hip Hop World News, BBC Four

Want to know the old-man rap consensus? We've got just the show for you.

The Fall, Series 3, BBC Two

Too much sympathy for the devil?

film

The First Monday in May

The power of clothes: celebrity, fashion and art at the Metropolitan Museum

Under the Shadow

Strikingly original terror stalks wartorn Tehran

DVD/Blu-ray: Love & Friendship

Kate Beckinsale is effortlessly brilliant in Whit Stillman's witty take on epistolary Austen

new music

CD: Slaves – Take Control

Kent punk duo return to let rip at The Man

CD: Bon Iver - 22, A Million

Rated singer-songwriter heads in an experimental but beguiling new direction

Ana Moura, Barbican

The glamorous fado star shines bright with songs from her new, upbeat album

classical

Classical CDs Weekly: Berlioz, Maxwell Davies, Rameau, Zimmermann

French orchestral fireworks, a tribute to a much-loved British composer , and ear-splitting sounds from a 20th century maverick

Stravinsky: Myths and Rituals 5, Philharmonia, Salonen, RFH

Spine-tingling finale to a visionary series

10 Questions for Conductor Thomas Dausgaard

A Dane in Scotland on wall-to-wall Beethoven and working on a farm in China

opera

Stravinsky: Myths and Rituals 5, Philharmonia, Salonen, RFH

Spine-tingling finale to a visionary series

Kiss Me, Kate, Welsh National Opera

Cole Porter's brushed-down Shakespeare true in its fashion

Così fan tutte, Royal Opera

Conducting, not production, kills pace, singing – and Mozart

theatre

Floyd Collins, Wilton's Music Hall

Adam Guettel's Off Broadway masterpiece brings its bounty to London

The Libertine, Haymarket Theatre

'History Boy' Dominic Cooper triumphs as the Restoration rake Rochester

Imogen, Shakespeare's Globe

Sound and vision blazon the new regime, but this is vintage Shakespeare

visual arts

David Shrigley: Really Good, Fourth Plinth

Thumbs up for Trafalgar Square's latest sculpture

Turner Prize 2016, Tate Britain

Poetic and utterly baffling, this year's shortlist is as eccentric as it is divergent

Helaine Blumenfeld: 'Beauty has become synonymous with something banal'

To coincide with her retrospective 'Hard Beauty', the sculptor talks about philosophy, language and the conflicting roles of artist, mother and wife

dance

La Fille mal gardée, Royal Ballet

Young love in yellow tights

The Flames of Paris, Bolshoi Ballet, Royal Opera House

Emotion and politics skilfully combine in Ratmansky's old-new ballet about the French Revolution

The Taming of the Shrew, Bolshoi Ballet, Royal Opera House

Unfeminist comedy in Jean-Christophe Maillot's Shakespeare ballet

comedy

James Acaster, Touring

Beautifully crafted show of offbeat observations

Tom Ballard

Australian comic with a pleasingly original take on modern life

Edinburgh Fringe 2016: Zoë Coombs Marr/ Randy/ Sarah Callaghan

Latest instalment of comedy from the world's biggest and best arts festival

gaming

The Warlock of Firetop Mountain

A fun exercise in nostalgia that would benefit from more variety

No Man's Sky

The sky is not the limit in this open-universe adventure

Kentucky Route Zero: Act IV

The experimental narrative takes to the water with mixed results

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